Rapids, whirlpools, and risky currents transform some of America’s national park rivers into raging infernos and white water. Rafts and kayaks are the best ways to experience the big thrills and spills. Here are six parks that double as white-water wonderlands.

It’s difficult to be entirely dispassionate about something that has been in my family for centuries. So, full disclosure: ​Throughout the do-we-go, do-we-stay debate on Scottish independence, I’ve been on the side of staying the course with the U.K. and I am relieved that Scottish pride and the knee-jerk, up-yours attitude that once resulted in moors sodden with ill-spent blood spilled by the English gave way to what the Scottish are born to—a calculating practicality that eventually wins the day.

Wine Tasting 101

Wine-drinking’s pretty much self-explanatory. But no matter what’s in the glass, it will reveal itself best when approached systematically and when all sensory apparati are exposed to it (well, not your ears). That doesn’t mean making a spectacle of your examination, or trying to out-inhale the person next to you. It does mean thinking about…

The taxi driver hoisted my suitcase on his shoulder, stepped gingerly around the puddles and slopped through the mud on the earthen path to my homestay family’s stilt house. He had just driven me three and a half hours north of Siem Reap, into the bucolic rice-fields-and-palm-trees wilds of northern Cambodia, a half hour from the Thai border.

Full Steam Ahead: Downtown Denver

At the beginning of the 20th century, Denver’s Union Station hummed with the brisk comings and goings of a capital on the rise. In the summer of 2014, the landmark reclaimed its place as a transit and social hub for the city.

Rabat native Yasmine El Baggari has always been a dreamer. Her desire to discover the great unknown led her to America in 2010, and from there her dreams kept getting bigger. First, she set out to visit all 50 states (she’s covered more than two thirds so far). Now she’s on a 15-country journey around the globe to continue her quest to break down cultural barriers and stereotypes through travel. But no matter where Yasmine is, her hometown pride comes with her. Here are her favorite things about Morocco’s capital city.

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Tips for Flying With Fido

More and more people are embracing the idea of globetrotting with their dogs. If you’ve never flown with your pooch, but want to, here are some helpful tips to guide you through the process.

National Geographic Traveler Editor at Large Christopher Elliott is the magazine’s consumer advocate and ombudsman. Over the past 15 years he has helped countless readers fix their trips. Here’s his latest advice.

Early seafarers inspire an epic adventure along Portugal’s endless coastal playground.

Amidst recent efforts to revitalize Harlem, there is a thread beyond history that holds the community together: food. Several longstanding neighborhood eateries continue to serve up some of the best soul food in Manhattan, along with a side of family and civic engagement—Harlem’s firmest foundations.

Crowned with a sky so wide that it threatens to define infinity, the Big Bend region of West Texas remains one of the last true frontiers in the Lower 48, a landscape unique in the world. Keene Haywood has been a frequent visitor to Big Bend National Park for the past 20 years, having formerly worked for The Nature Conservancy in the nearby Davis Mountain Preserve. Here’s his insider guide to this geological wonder.